Week’s best Apple deals: Get the lowest price ever on this refurb MacBook Air

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A great deal on a MacBook Air is just the start of this week's Apple deals.
A great deal on a MacBook Air is just the start of this week's Apple deals.
Images: Apple, eForCity, i4software, Penom

With new iPads (and new iPad price cuts) on the horizon, you should definitely hold off on buying an Apple tablet for a few weeks. But that leaves plenty of Apple deals: Check out a super-cheap refurbished MacBook Air and several great tech accessories in this week’s roundup.

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Boost your iPhone photography with this folding, pocket-size tripod [Deals]

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This fully featured, sturdy tripod folds up into credit card size and fits right into your wallet.
This fully featured, sturdy tripod folds up into credit card size and fits right into your wallet.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Want to take better smartphone photos without lugging around gear like a professional? Tripods are an essential tool for taking solid photos — or just engaging in a steady FaceTime conversation — and now you can get one that’ll fit right in your wallet.

The Pocket Tripod PRO is winning praise from the likes of Steve Wozniak for its clever design and convenience. (“Blew me away,” Woz told Gizmodo.) And right now you can get this miniaturized tripod for just $19.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Best iPhone tripods and mounts for photographers

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Looking for some great iPhone photography accessories for your gear bag? Here are the best tripods and mounts!
Looking for some great iPhone photography accessories for your gear bag? Here are the best tripods and mounts!
Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor
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Scrap that bulky tripod for easy-to-use Pakpod

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The Pakpod quickly adjusts to any level with the turn of one knob.
The Pakpod quickly adjusts to any level with the turn of one knob.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Two things about me as a photographer: I hate tripods and I will never tell another photographer what they must carry with them. Both changed when the Pakpod arrived in the mail.

Weighing 15 ounces, the PakPod has legs that can quickly extend and lock in crazy asymmetrical positions with the turn of a single knob. Legs extend and lock with the push of a button or can be anchored to the ground or even the ocean floor with flip-out stakes at the feet.

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Lollipod iPhone Camera Stand Is So Light And Useful You’ll Want To Take It Everywhere [Review]

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Lollipod by Lollipod
Category: Tripods
Works With:iPhone, cameras
Price: $50

The Lollipod is a lightweight lighting stand masquerading as a camera and iPhone tripod. And this is – in almost every way – a good thing. A light stand isn’t nearly as sturdy as a camera tripod, but it is a lot lighter, a lot more likely to be in your bag when you need it, and is roughly 1,000% better than no tripod at all, aka a sharp rock propping up your delicate iPhone.

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Joby’s iPhone-Friendly MPod Is As Cute As It Is Clever

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Ever tried to snap a self portrait with your iPhone? And I mean a proper self-timer self portrait, not an arm-out-the-side-of-the-frame selfie. It’s almost impossible. First, you have to deal with the lack of a self timer on the iPhone. And second, you have to find somewhere to balance it.

What you need is Joby’s new MPod mini.

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Picosteady, A ‘Steady-Cam’ For Your iPhone

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The iPhone already has built-in image stabilization (which is why the frame zooms in annoyingly close whenever you shoot video), but who could argue with this tiny, cute steady-cam-a-like for smartphones? It works on a very simple principle, hanging a counterweight below the camera to stop things shaking. Despite this simplicity, though, the kit will cost you a surprising $180.

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